Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EVENT | Canada's Walk of Fame 2014


I made a short visit to Toronto last week for an event that has become somewhat of a tradition. The Canada's Walk of Fame gala is something dear to my heart because, not only do I leave feeling like the proudest Canadian ever, but it also allowed me to have a hilarious "15-minutes of fame" type moment with comedian Russell Peters, Grey's Anatomy Star Sandra Oh and rapper Drake. Yeah.

This year's inductees included actress Rachel McAdams, hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser and actor (& soon-to-be daddy!) Ryan Reynolds. The Allan Slaight Award went to the incredibly talented artist The Weeknd.

For the past four years, I've been attending the gala as a seatfiller, which is usually a pretty rad experience. This year did not disappoint...I mean, I got to breath the same air as Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams.


I won't spoil any of the details, so be sure to tune into the broadcast on Global on December 19th!

In case you were curious about said incident mentioned above, you're welcome:



- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MY LIFE | NYU Journalism In New Orleans


Only a month into my program at NYU and already I've gotten to travel on a reporting trip. On October 9th, a group of 10 of us went on an adventure to New Orleans, each covering a different topic to explore. I chose to focus on the music.

It was an interesting start to the journey. I went from NYC to a connecting flight in Charlotte, NC, where we were told that the plane was having issues—so we were delayed a bit before finally making it to our hotel in NOLA.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 7

Photo by Christina Dun
This week was a busy one. Class field trips ranged from throughout the city all the way to New Orleans. What a week. [October 6 - 12]

For my reporting class, we had a special guest teacher for a hands-on photojournalism lesson. It was really cool to have award-winning photographer Lori Grinker show us the ropes (she was boxer Mike Tyson's personal photographer!) - she took us to the Aperture Foundation gallery in Chelsea for a field trip and a photo walk along the Highline.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FASHION | Cara Delevingne x DKNY



 

My Cara Delevingne obsession continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down—especially with the debut of her DKNY collaboration. Guys, she's so cool. Side note - the fact that she and I are the same age makes me incredibly depressed......sigh.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

EVENT | Techweek Part 2


Part two of my Techweek NYC experience involved some amazing speakers and a cool tech fashion show. I heard from media big shots Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Saraya Darabi (Zady) and David Arabov (Elite Daily), just to name a few. I definitely got inspired by being surrounded by such passionate and driven individuals.

BuzzFeed, RRE, and the Future of Media
L-R: Will Porteous (RRE Ventures) & Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EVENT | Techweek Part 1

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I was super excited to get to cover Techweek for a second year in NYC (check out last year's HERE, HERE & HERE)! The week kicked off on Monday, September 29th with a party at the Brewster HQ.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

FASHION | Pop Up Mob


Last week, I was intrigued by a black-and-white 'POP UP MOB' sign in SoHo when I was running around during Techweek.


I ended up stumbling into a chic and edgy boutique, a pop-up shop featuring Australian brands from Fashion Bunker and jewellery from designer Jessie Dib. The shop is located at 85 Mercer and will run through until the end of October.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 5

Via Tumblr
Five weeks in. I definitely have those moments of Is this real life?!

Here's what I got up to September 22-28:

 Press at the First Ladies Luncheon

 The highly anticipated Alexandre Plokohov (Helmut Lang) x UNIQLO collab dropped this week. I went to check it out for a friend and ended up buying the most comfortable sweatpants ever. Buy them >HERE<

Saturday, September 27, 2014

EVENT | First Ladies Luncheon


Last week, I was surrounded by a group of the classiest women from around the globe. A group of First Ladies to be exact. Fashion 4 Development held their 4th Annual First Ladies Luncheon, which is an event that unites diplomacy and fashion for the greater good of women and children worldwide. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly, F4D brought together the support of First Ladies and fashion influencers to raise awareness of creating positive social change globally. The event took place at The Pierre Hotel.

This year, the special honorees were: Donna Karan (fashion designer), Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (Founder and Chairperson of BRAC), Gery Keszler (CEO of Life Ball/AIDS LIFE), Debbie Levin (President of the Environmental Media Association) and Caroline Scheufele (Creative Director and Co-President of Chopard)


Donna Karan

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NYU | Pavement Pieces: Photoville


Lined up along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront more than 60 storage containers were scattered like giant Lego pieces begging to be stacked. From the outside, they looked like your typical large-scale metal shipping boxes, but they were far from hollow. Inside of them was a photo festival called Photoville, a one-of-a-kind photography festival that uses repurposed transport containers to house installations, exhibits and seminars, showcasing a wide range of artists.

It opened up to the public September 18th and will run for 11 days. Inside—and surrounding— the 60-plus containers are works by more than 400 photographers.

“Weirdly enough, shipping containers make for a really good and concise photo venue," said Daniel Ehrenworth, 36, who was in town from Toronto and stopped by to check it out.

Photoville is the brainchild of United Photo Industries, which was founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos. This year, they partnered with Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery for a village Beer Garden, along with Narratively for a packed itinerary of visual storytelling events, truly hosting a creative-people’s paradise.

Read the full article >>HERE<<

Photo by: Christina Dun

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FASHION | Emma Roberts x BaubleBar


A little WCW for y'all. I'm seriously in love with BaubleBar's most recent guest bartender Emma Roberts - just thought I'd share. Such a cute campaign full of accessories that I need to have ASAP.

Take a look for yourself:


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 4


I've officially been living here for one month! It's been quite lovely so far. I've been working on balancing schoolwork with time to explore the beautiful neighborhoods of New York.

Here's what I got up to during the week of September 15-21:

 I met the stylish and talented Whitney Port, full post HERE.

Monday, September 22, 2014

FASHION | Launched: Clocks and Colours


I met Toronto-based jewelry designer Shane Vitaly Foran about two years ago at the launch of Vitaly Design and it's been great to follow along with what he's been up to. Most recently, he launched Clocks and Colours, a high-end men's jewelry line that is handcrafted by Balinese master silversmiths. Inspired by motorcycle, barbershop and tattoo culture, the unique assortment of accessories are a great addition to any cutting-edge outfit.

Take a look at this kick-ass lookbook, a collaboration with Toronto photographer Matt Barnes:


Saturday, September 20, 2014

EVENT | Building Your Professional Brand with LinkedIn & Whitney Port

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As a student, I'm constantly exposed to the terms "networking" and "building your brand," and yes, it can get tiresome. However, I've also learned that it's so incredibly necessary and helpful, which is why everyone keeps pounding it into us—in any industry. Since everything is online these days, it's safe to say that you better have a kick-ass resume that potential bosses can easily gain access to (you know they're going to Google you anyway). LinkedIn makes that extremely simple and offers the tools to make you look as employable as possible. I attended an event this week, as part of The LinkedIn Discussion Series, hosted by LinkedIn and special guest speaker Whitney Port on how to build your professional brand.

Photo by Christina Dun

Friday, September 19, 2014

FASHION | Muttonhead SS15

Photo via Facebook
A lot of great fashion comes from Canada. There's something about tons of Canadian brands that just exude that subtle cool factor. wings + horns, Raised By Wolves and Mackage all come to mind. One of my favourite unisex clothing brands is Muttonhead. They recently released their Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook, called "Dog Days of Summer."

Take a peek:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY | September Swag [CLOSED]

Here's what's up for grabs this week :)

Prize includes:
- 1 Vera Wang 'Lovestruck Floral Rush' Perfume
- 2 Floral Notebooks from Chapters Indigo
- 1 mark. 'Wonder Glow' Blush & Glow
- 1 Covergirl 'Flamed Out' Mascara
- 2 imPRESS Press-On Manicures

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

NYU | First Assignment, 9/11 Anniversary


For my first assignment as a grad student at NYU, we were sent out in New York City to find a story—any story, any angle, any characters.

I found myself walking into the Trinity Boxing Club NYC and by a stroke of luck and curiosity, I found a gem of a story. It was published on Pavement Pieces—Check it out:

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Martin Snow, 54, owner of the Trinity Boxing Club NYC on September 11, 2014. Photo credit: Christina Dun

The building started to shake, the sky turned black and smoke began piling in. Martin Snow and a dozen others found themselves in a gym locker room with wet towels under the door, awaiting their fate.

“I thought we were going to die that day,” said Snow, as he recalled the morning of September 11, 2011 on the 13th anniversary yesterday. “I really thought we were going to die.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FASHION | Betsey Johnson @ NYFW SS15

Image via Facebook
"Attend a Betsey Johnson fashion show at New York Fashion Week."

That happened. The feeling of getting to cross that off my life dream to-do list was one of the coolest feelings. I have always been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson. As a designer, as a style icon, and as an all-around human being. She stays true to herself and has done so for her entire career, which I admire so much. She loves to have fun and live life to the fullest. I still can't get over the fact that I got to witness her signature runway cartwheel IRL. She's 72 years old and still going strong.


Here are some of my runway faves (photos by Dan Lecca):